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Chanathip: ‘I can’t take Messi’s ball’

22 Th7 2022 | 18:12

JapanThailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin admits there is a big gap between him and Lionel Messi after the pair met in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain.

Chanasip said he made several attempts to steal the ball from Messi during the game but failed. “I have confidence in my speed, but Messi is faster,” he told Chinese TV China Global Television Network July 21st. “Thanks to that, I realized the difference between me and world class.”

Chanathip (right) competes with Messi in the Kawasaki vs PSG match in Tokyo on July 20.Photo: Target

Chanathip (right) competes with Messi in the Kawasaki vs PSG match in Tokyo on July 20. picture: Target

On July 20, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Kawasaki 2-1 in a friendly match in Tokyo, Japan. Chanathip kicked Kawasaki’s side and had a chance to break the ball on Messi’s line. The Thai midfielder retreated many times to compete with the Argentine superstar, but repeatedly missed and was overtaken.

Messi played well, opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, and he also created the ball for Juan Bernat, allowing 20-year-old striker Arnaud Kalimuendo to score a second goal. The Japanese club regained a goal thanks to a header from midfielder Kazuya Yamamura.After the fight, Chanathip lingers in waiting for signature Messi.

Despite the loss, Channatipe remains content when he can compete with top clubs like Paris Saint-Germain. “I haven’t had many experiences like this in my life,” he said. “Messi’s presence in Japan affects not only me, but also other players and children.”

Chanathip rejects Messi's scoring chance

Situation Chanathip denied Messi’s goal.

Chanathip left Sapporo to join Kawasaki in January 2022 for a record domestic transfer fee of about $3.8 million. He’s played 11 of 20 possible J-League games this season and has yet to score. The Thai player credits the experience of playing against Messi as a motivation to help him strive to improve.

Huang An